Regulations for nominations

For which bodies can students nominate?

You can find the most detailed information in the election announcement, but we have an overview here:

List of committees to be occupied by students
  • Board of Trustees (Kuratorium)
  • Academic Senate (Akademischer Senat)
  • Students Parliament (Studierendenparlament)
  • Council of department 1 (Fachbereichsrat 1 – Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
  • Council of department 2 (Fachbereichsrat 2 – Duales Studium Wirtschaft •Technik)
  • Department 2 – Cooperative Committee Technology (Fachbereich 2 – Duale Kommission (Technik))
  • Department 2 – Cooperative Committee Business (Fachbereich 2 – Duale Kommission (Wirtschaft))
  • Department 2 – Subject Committee Technology (Fachbereich 2 – Fachkommission Technik)
  • Department 2 – Subject Committee Business (Fachbereich 2 – Fachkommission Wirtschaft)
  • Council of department 3 (Fachbereichsrat 3 – Allgemeine Verwaltung)
  • Council of department 4 (Fachbereichsrat 4 – Rechtspflege)
  • Council of department 5 (Fachbereichsrat 5 – Polizei und Sicherheitsmanagement)
  • Council of the Institute BPS (Institutsrat Berlin Professional School (BPS))
  • Central Women’s Council (Zentraler Frauenrat)
  • Women’s Council – Department 1 (Frauenrat – Fachbereich 1)
  • Women’s Council – Department 2 (Frauenrat – Fachbereich 2)
  • Women’s Council – Department 3 (Frauenrat – Fachbereich 3)
  • Women’s Council – Department 4 (Frauenrat – Fachbereich 4)
  • Women’s Council – Department 5 (Frauenrat – Fachbereich 5)
  • Women’s Council – BPS (Frauenrat – Fachbereich BPS)

You can only run for committees, support lists for these committees or vote for a committee if you belong to the corresponding group.

For example, a person from Department 1 cannot run for the Council of department 4,
a male or non-binary person from Department 3 may not run for the women’s council of Department 3 and
a person in a dual computer science degree is not allowed to run for the dual commission (economics).

All enrolled students are allowed to run for the board of trustees, the academic senate and the student parliament. Guest and part-time students are excluded from the election.

Anyone who is not allowed to stand for a committee is not allowed to vote for this committee or support candidacies for this committee.

What does it mean to support a candidacy?

The election regulations stipulate that each candidacy needs at least ten supporters to be admitted. Every candidate in a list is automatically a supporter.
If someone stands as an individual candidate, they need nine other people to support this candidacy. If a list of four candidates is submitted, this list needs six additional supporters.

All supporters must be eligible to vote for this committee.

Single or list selection

It doesn’t matter. If you compete individually, you are your own list. This does not make submitting the nomination much easier, as you still have to submit a list of supporters.

Submit nominations digitally

The lists with the candidates must be submitted digitally this year. For this purpose, the HWR has set up some rules and a procedure, which will be briefly described here:

Nomination organizer of the List

Each list should designate an nomination organizer. This person will remind everyone of deadlines, organize the nominations and confirmations of all members and send them to the HWR. The nomination organizer is not laid down in the election regulations and can be taken over by several people, but one person is recommended.

Collect people

Candidates must send the nomination organizer an email confirming which committees they are running for and which lists they agree to.
This email must come from the HWR email address. (s_nameYY@stud.hwr-berlin.de)
This email must contain the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Organisation-Unit (this is Student, Department X)
  • Matriculation number

It is best to use the following template for the email:

email template
Full Name: FAMILY NAME, FIRST NAME

Martrikel-Number: MATRICULATION NUMBER

Organisation-Unit: Student, Department X (Insert your Department Number where X stands)

HWR-Email Address: s_NAMEYY@stud.hwr-berlin.de

I agree to run as candidate on the list "LISTNAME" for the following Committees: (tick the appropriate with x)

  - [ ] Kuratorium (Board of Trustees)
  - [ ] Akademischer Senat (Academic Senate)
  - [ ] Studierendenparlament (Students Parliament)
  - [ ] Fachbereichsrat 1 – Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Council of department 1)
  - [ ] Fachbereichsrat 2 – Duales Studium Wirtschaft •Technik (Council of department 2)
  - [ ] Fachbereich 2 – Duale Kommission (Technik) (Department 2 - Cooperative Committee Technology)
  - [ ] Fachbereich 2 – Duale Kommission (Wirtschaft) (Department 2 - Cooperative Committee Business)
  - [ ] Fachbereich 2 – Fachkommission Technik (Department 2 - Subject Committee Technology)
  - [ ] Fachbereich 2 – Fachkommission Wirtschaft (Department 2 - Subject Committee Business)
  - [ ] Fachbereichsrat 3 – Allgemeine Verwaltung (Council of department 3)
  - [ ] Fachbereichsrat 4 – Rechtspflege (Council of department 4)
  - [ ] Fachbereichsrat 5 – Polizei und Sicherheitsmanagement (Council of department 5)
  - [ ] Institutsrat Berlin Professional School (BPS) (Council of the Institute BPS)
  - [ ] Zentraler Frauenrat (Central Women's Council)
  - [ ] Frauenrat – Fachbereich 1 (Women's Council - Department 1)
  - [ ] Frauenrat – Fachbereich 2 (Women's Council - Department 2)
  - [ ] Frauenrat – Fachbereich 3 (Women's Council - Department 3)
  - [ ] Frauenrat – Fachbereich 4 (Women's Council - Department 4)
  - [ ] Frauenrat – Fachbereich 5 (Women's Council - Department 5)
  - [ ] Frauenrat – Fachbereich BPS (Women's Council - BPS)

Additionally, I agree that I support all lists, submitted by "LISTNAME" during the Election of 20XX, that I am allowed to support by the electoral rules.

To make it easier for the nomination organizer, it is recommended to use a one email-subject for all candidats (such as approval for candidacy). Send this email to the nomination organizer and their substitutes.

Determine the order

All candidates and supporters must now be compiled in the HWR’s Excel template. This template has several tables, one for each committee.
The “Signature” column does not have to be filled out. (The table comes from the times when it had to be printed.)

Make sure that the support and candidatures match the information in the emails. Anyone who is a candidate on a list automatically supports this list, so does not have to be listed a second time in the support list.

Submit to the HWR

In order to submit the nominations, the nomination organizer sends an email to the electoral committee of the HWR. Do not forget about the candidacy of the nomination organizer.
This email must contain the following attachments:

  • The filled out Excel table as an Excel document
  • The filled out Excel table as a PDF document
  • The emails of all candidates and supporters as PDF documents

To convert the emails to a PDF, you can simply print them out as a PDF document.

Emails can be converted to PDFs in Webmail by clicking Options on the email and then clicking Print.

Using MS Office online with the HWR-Account

If you need to work with MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel oder OneNote, but you don’t own a Microsoft-Account or can’t install MS Office, you can use MS Office online with your HWR-Account.

  1. Go to https://hwrberlinde-my.sharepoint.com
  2. Login with the E-Mail Adress HWR_USERNAME@hwr-berlin.de
    (For most students, this is s_surnameYY@hwr-berlin.de)
    Use @hwr-berlin.de, ever if your E-Mail Address ends on @stud.hwr-berlin.de
  3. The Password is your HWR-Password.

Now you can upload, create and work on documents online.

I have a dream

You know when there are certain songs that remind you of your childhood? Imagine passing by a club and hearing Britney Spears tunes. Or dancing on ‘Hips don’t lie’ in house parties. This is what I am reminded of when I read these words – ‘I have a dream’.  It is the titular song from a little-known Swedish band called ABBA. For those of you who don’t know ABBA, please live a little and watch Mamma Mia! Being the youngest sibling in a typical Indian middle-class household, I was subjected to much torture by my elder sister who forced her music taste on me as we had to share the same room. I’m not going to lie; the song did grow on me. In an overall sense, the song is about a dream of a beautiful world with positivity, and angels. As a kid I thought that it was a song about some girl having a dream and singing about it. Typical pop stuff. But you know that moment when you finally realised how Tom and Jerry cartoons were on darker themes and used slapstick violence inappropriate for little kids? That’s what I felt when I finally grew some brains and started to analyse more, when I realised how the song can have a deeper annotation to it. Words like ‘angels’ and ‘crossing the stream’ could mean the possibility of an afterlife or a utopian world where everything is a fantasy, and everyone is good to anyone. So maybe this song was composed by four people who were so desperate to get rid of the real world and their pain that they spoke about a fantasy in a ‘dream’ and sang about the final destination. Hence, it’s quite a possibility that my favourite childhood popstars were trying to cope with the real world whilst daydreaming of an afterlife! Talk about nostalgia! But come to think of it, isn’t that what hope truly is?

Parents – Imperfectly perfect

What comes to your mind when you see the above picture? Open books. Personally, that’s what comes to my mind when I see this picture. I construe open books as open people. Free from mystery and concealment. When people reveal their true selves. How many times have you felt lost or neglected because your parents fail to communicate openly with you? As a young girl, brought up by a single mother, I for one felt that a lot. Obviously apart from managing her two kids, my mother had to be the bread earner of the family as well, so she had a lot on her plate. I’m not complaining, however I do wish sometimes that she would have eased up little and shared about her thoughts, inner turmoil with someone. Sounds easy, right. Just speak up. But it’s quite the opposite. Our parent’s generation especially finds it hard to articulate their thoughts into words. I’m a 25-year-old woman, but my mother till today finds it hard to talk to me about sex. Sure, with time a person adapts and grows but there are certain behaviours that are so inbred to my Indian society that makes communication a challenge. Our society puts our parents in the same pedestal as God, and every so often our parents forget that they are humans too. They are so busy portraying themselves as the ideal parent, who can do no wrong, that they forget that they have shortcomings and flaws. This reflects in poor judgements and lack of communication with their offspring and toxic home environment. Today, thanks to social media, there is much talk about therapy and the need to share. Its high time that they realise that parenting is imperfect, you don’t have to be Godlike, and sharing, chatting with your child or a professional will enable your child to feel secure, loved and competent.

Ishita Naithani

Holiday Break: 7 tips to make the most of it

The break between two semesters is approaching or for certain students like me is already happening.

It represents for most of the students a relaxed period where they are free to do whatever they want and start any projects they didn’t have time yet to start during their studies. However, some others are anxious about this period where the routine created by the online classes stopped and feel lost about doing something from their holidays.

Since we are still restricted to stay at home, occasions to travel abroad are limited and almost all public places are closed, finding a new rhythm could be anxiogenic and difficult. 

I would like to share with you 7 tips to make the most of your break:

1. Take care of your body

It was sometimes difficult to find time to prepare lunch properly between two online classes or during a class that was happening during the normal lunch break. You could take the time during the holidays break to eat healthy and cook your own meals. 

Same happened for exercising. For some of us, having a physical activity was simply impossible because of the limited space and/or motivation. AStA still offer online workouts every week but now that you have a break, take the time to move your body: sports, running, having a walk, and so on.

Finally, use the break to sleep correctly in order to release the stress accumulated. However, it could be interesting after some days without any alarm to wake up again with one to create a certain routine and not missing out your day because of waking up at 12 every single day.

2. Take care of your mind

Meditation helps keep a healthy mind. It is an approach promoting health, well-being and personal development which consists of an active training of the mind, to increase the capacity to be in full awareness of the present moment. It also helped to learn how to focus and can be helpful for studying.

Then, the holiday break can be perfect for an introspection time. Indeed, while being in a routine with daily habits, we don’t take the time to think about the mid or long-term perspective.  After our studies, life goes on and visualizing the future but also having plans can help to be more serene about the future.

Finally, personal development could be also beneficial for everyone to work on our weaknesses to better communicate with others and work on ourselves.

3. Help others

Even if contact with others is limited, you could still find a way to help around you. It can be simply a neighbor that would need some help to paint his/her walls, your parents that would need from you cutting woods, an old restaurant owner that would need to learn how to use social media to promote his/her location. You could also search online for helping in an Association for sustainability, precarity, animals, and so on.

4. Start something new and challenge yourself

This period would be suitable for starting a new activity or learning a new skill: a language, painting, how to do the handstand, cooking. It is very stimulating for the brain to do so and will keep you busy. Moreover, it could be interesting to set challenges to finish before the end of the break: being able to run a half marathon, sticking to morning routine, speaking the sign language, finishing a saga of books.

5. Calling your relatives and friends

We usually let time pass without thinking about maintaining the bonds created with others. This break is an opportunity to call an uncle you barely call, a friend you met during an exchange semester but never took the time to contact him/her again. Relations are fundamental, even more during this pandemic time. Creating new friendships is complicated but maintaining existing ones is easy thanks to the technology.

6. Cleaning up

I am not talking especially about your room or apartment you were too lazy to do during your studies. It is more about cleaning up your documents, folders? or any materials you needed during your online classes. Maybe you downloaded a software you will not use again during your next semester or maybe you borrow a book from the Library, and you have tons of Post-it inside. Take the time to clear your personal space to be able to have a fresh start for your next semester.

7. Find the balance You don’t always have to do something productive during this holiday break. The goal here is not to feel guilty of doing nothing or to watch movies in the row. It is just important to find a balance between entertainment and learning. You should take more time you usually don’t have normally for cocooning, but you could still then check some tasks you have on your to-do list. A perfect day would be a mix of both, but everyone would have his/her own approach and preferences.

Text by Margaux Venet

Uncertain Times

When I think about the beginning of 2020, I have to admit: I was naive. I thought all my dreams and goals will come true and that this year will be MY year. I bet, most of us felt the same way. I was desperately waiting for this year to come! If someone had told me just then that my life will be turned upside down and that life would be so different than expected–I wouldn’t have believed them. I really thought I had it all figured out –my graduation was to happen, then my career, my future goals were laid out for the next years, my friends, my family and my relationship. I had it all planned out and everything was going the way I wanted. And I have always been such a person since I was a small child. I felt the more I had things planned, the more control had over my life and the things to happen. Then this pandemic happened and now we are living in the most uncertain, unpredictable times ever. Even making a plan for a small vacation or trip seems too far-reaching. But this made me think –when did we ever live in „certain“ and „safe“ times anyway? It only took a pandemic for us to realize and rethink our lives. How fragile and delicate each and everything in our lives actually is. The so called secured government job that you are dreaming about? Well, it can be lost in a blink of an eye. That car you own or are saving up for? Well, if you are not allowed to go anywhere, how will it benefit you? Some months ago, those possessions would have meant the world for me. But truly it does not anymore. Because those illusions and institution scan not guarantee or promise security or safety, happiness or freedom. What I realized throughout this phase is that freedom and independence is the only worth-while thing living for. All other goods can be taken away from us easily. I am not saying, let us forget to plan or have a certain idea what to for our futures. But let us not depend our happiness and end goals for a future which is unknown to all of us. Let us slowly learn to value and cherish what we have right now, with us and inside of us. I dearly hope that once this phase of or lives is over, we can stop our little friend „control“ monitor our lives and take out what truly matters. I hope we can find more magic in other goods which we have long forgotten, that are our gifts and guides to us –the freedom to express ourselves, to be ourselves, to travel and be carefree, to be independent, to not let our lives be ruled by just „hoping“ and „wishing“ for good things to come in the future, but to really value what we have right now, the PRESENT moment. Because we might want to imagine we have more than that, but we only have this moment right now. And we have to learn to let go of the need and urge to control everything that is happening around us and to us. And having that freedom and not depending on a future to be happy is the only real security for our fulfilled, happy lives.

Text by Leyla Dastan

The largest contributor with the least gain

MSME are micro, small and medium sized enterprises and are considered the backbone in any economy. The parameter of categorizing MSME differ across nations. In Europe, the main factors determining whether an enterprise in an MSME is staff headcount and turnover whereas in India the classification is based on turnover and investments in equipment/plant & machinery.

MSME’s contribution

The total number of MSME in the European Union is over 25 million, with vast majority of Micro sized firms. MSME represent over 99% of businesses in the EU and employ two out of every three employees. They create 85% of all new jobs and generate about three-fifth of the EU value-added. In India, the total number of MSME was over 63 million in 2019, with majority of Micro enterprises in the rural areas. MSME’s contribute to over 45% of India’s Total Industrial Employment, 50% of India’s Total Exports and 95%of all industrial units of the country and more than 6000 types of products are manufactured in these industries.

How many of these MSME make it to the next level?

The MSME comparatively struggle more than the large enterprises in the phases of development. These firms find it difficult to get financial aid, infrastructure and knowledge to support and grow their business. Governments play a major role here. With easing access to finance, promoting entrepreneurship, supporting start-ups, providing guidelines, initiating policies specific to the interest of MSME, tax exemptions etc. they prove to be a helping hand. Most of the nations have these policies in place to help and assist MSME and have proven to be effective to move them up the ladder, but this cannot be concluded for India and also for Europe as we can see a ‘Missing middle’. The substantial gap between the huge number of Micro enterprises to a very small ratio of Small and Medium sized enterprises discloses the challenges the MSME have to face in their survival and growth:

What can an MSME do on its own to grow their business?

MSME’s can do plenty of things to survive and grow. From utilizing the government aid, learning and acquiring new skills and knowledge, transiting from manual ways of doing business to investing in technology, building infrastructure, gathering funds, finding new opportunities for exports etc. One secret ingredient for the growth of MSME’s is effective marketing of its business. For a small business it is extremely difficult to understand and implement marketing strategies with huge budget but there are enormous ways that can help companies to stand out and carve a path of their growth through little understanding of Marketing efforts. India is paying immense importance to help & support small local firms. As the saying goes, success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying, and it is time that MSME’s should try going online and marketing themselves to create an unbounded market that advances their growth.

Text by Kira Gisht

11 Effective Marketing Strategies during Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the entire world and companies are striving their best to sustain in this situation. Though the magnitude of the impact has been variable across sectors, it comes out as travel & tourism, hospitality and food chains are worst hit. For some the routine is least disturbed while the others are more vulnerable and face a complete 360-degree turn.

Change in Consumer behaviour:

This situation has brought enormous change in the consumer behaviour. Consumers who were more attracted towards fashion and beauty or were impulsive buyers are now making a more informed shopping decision. The number of consumers using online platforms to buy essentials have spiked. Hoarding of basic goods like sanitizer, hand wash, masks, toilet paper, flour was also observed in most of the countries. Consumers are focusing more on their health and also indulging in several hobbies, hence the search for news, health, cooking & gardening portals have increased. Few brands have ADAPTED but few even REDUCED their marketing expense.

Is reducing Marketing spend a wise decision?

Well the answer to this question is subjective and vary across brands. For small and new players, it’s far more difficult to cater and adapt to the changes the situation demands, while the market leaders have the resources and capability to explore new ways. But the solution for this cannot be to reduce the marketing expenses for any brand. The lower the visibility the higher the chance of low recall rate. It is better to push back your existing marketing plan and focus on the current situation to craft a message that is more empathetic and humane. A simple message with extra emphasis on the tone and language is far more productive as this will keep your brand in front of your consumers or even improve your brand image among consumers.

What shall a brand do to sustain in this current situation?

1. Brands need to rethink and revamp their marketing game to be more relevant and build engaging content to divert the consumers from this stress.

2. The cost of paid advertisement is comparatively low, and the time spent online is increasing. Brands can use this phase to advertise more &increase their ROI or at least remain visible.

3. Be more active and engage with your consumers. This can be done by going live on social media platforms, hosting webinars & podcasts, videos, commenting on social media posts etc. Creating videos is an effective way to connect with your audience. Studies suggest that 80% of consumers have consumed more video content.

4. Study the change in the media consumption pattern, devices and the platforms used by consumers and target your content/campaign accordingly. This is variable across geographies and demographic. Analyse your consumer data and make changes in your strategy.

5.Explore new technologies. Augmented reality along with AI will prove to be an efficient solution to aid consumers try products virtually. This will give a personalized experience to consumers at the comfort of their homes.

6. Another major change is the focus on product quality. Consumers are now extra cautious to buy products that are safe. It is extremely instrumental for a brand to showcase its quality standards across the supply chain to stand out.

7. The use of online payment gateway is on the rise. It is crucial for brands to transition on easy & secure online payment methods. To increase/maintain sales at this time when people are losing jobs/getting lesser salaries, it is also an important step to allow payments in instalment/EMI’s or even provide levy on instalment for few months.

8. Digital adoption has been significant among consumers and it will stay. If you are a small local brand, going digital would be a game changer for you. Introducing the business on digital platforms will increase the reach and awareness of your brand.

9. Few countries have even brought a new wave of releasing commercial movies on OTT platforms. This trend is new, but it will have a long-lasting impact. Specifically, in India, movies starring biggest celebrities are utilizing digital platforms like YouTube, Netflix & Amazon prime. This clearly depicts the power & reach of these platforms.

10.Brands should also be more careful of the actions taken throughout the business. A wrong step can ruin the brand image completely. Retaining your employees, providing salaries and small gestures of care creates a good image. This is well depicted by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). TCS ensured the safety of not only their current employees but also of their alumni by checking up on them through personal calls. Brands should also focus on providing a helping hand by contributing to the society. TCS stands tall here by donating funds for providing equipment, testing kits, setting up medical facilities etc.

11. Lastly, be more agile and flexible. Following the same tactics won’t suffice at this time of the crisis. Connect with your audience and provide meaningful solutions.

As the saying goes: All great changes are preceded by chaos, it might appear as a disruption and it is one, but the only way forward is to ‘Change’. Covid-19 pandemic has altered the way we live and perceive things, some of it will remain forever as a way of life. Being stagnant and waiting for the time to return to normalcy won’t let the business grow. Through creative thinking and effective use of consumer data, explore new ways and make your brand a meaningful one in this situation.

Text by Kira Gisht

EVERYTHING HAS 2 SIDES

Due to the corona situation we were all exposed to special circumstances, at the beginning everyone just complained and seemed hopeless. Some lost their driving force, others found themselves and could strengthen their inner self.

Every one of us students* has experienced stories in the past months and also told many, there were more dreams than hopes and more trials than successful results. However, this is not arduous, but indispensable for personal development. I spent my last months with us on the farm in the Uckermark. There is no appropriate word to describe how instructive this change of location was in many ways. On the one hand, like many, I felt that the technical conditions were not the best and on the other hand I was able to spend so much time with my family. In today‘s hectic everyday life, many of us for-get how important all the little things in life are. I would like to draw attention to this, especially how good it is to show gratitude and to maintain a sincere relationship with each other.

To say goodbye to you, I would like to give you a little poem, in the hope that you too will always follow your dreams.

Am Junihimmel spannten sich über den glutroten Mohnfeldern,

direkt neben all den verlassenen Wäldern,

die strahlenden und wärmenden Sonnenstrahlen.

Gegenüber auf der saftig grünen Weide,

welche der flinke Feldhase meidet

grasen die Ochsen und Kühe

stets bereiten Sie dem Bauern viel Mühe.

Aber auch der liebe Bauer weiß,

all seine Mühe wird sich für die Zukunft lohnen.

In der Gegend sagt ein jeder, sei besser als der Jäger

Ständig Achtsam, aber nicht unentwegt auf der Jagd.

Häng nicht nur am Telefon,

sondern verfolge deine Motivation.

Sei wie die Uckermark,

sei so wie du bist – egal ob dich ein jeder mag!

our daily dream

Text by Katharina Hauff